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Solar eclipse 2015 - in pictures

Friday’s eclipse is the best in the UK since 1999, with first contact being recorded in Madrid and Newquay

Solar Eclipse

A Satellite Captures Shimmering Auroras Over America

The northern lights look cool enough from below, but what about above?<p>Seen from the ground, the aurora borealis is a mighty sight—like being slapped in the eyes with a writhing rainbow. But glimpsed from space the vision is also top-rate, in this case painting America with ghostly streams of …

Unexplained Aurora And Dust Clouds Spotted Above Mars

The red planet is literally shrouded in mystery<p>Our planetary neighbor just got a little more mysterious. In September, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft arrived at Mars to study the planet’s upper atmosphere, and since its arrival, the orbiter has picked up two unusual readings: 1) There’s a giant dust cloud …

Amazon's Drone Delivery Dreams Just Took a Step Closer to Reality

Amazon’s hopes of delivering shipments to customers via drones got a little more real Thursday as federal regulators granted the company approval to …

Drones

Nvidia's Titan X: The 4K Gaming Graphics Card You've Been Waiting For

Let’s skip the foreplay. Nvidia’s Titan X is the best single-GPU graphics card on the market, and a remarkable feat of engineering. This is an inarguable conclusion. <i>If</i> cost is no concern and you want exceptional 1440p gaming and/or surprisingly strong 4K gaming from a single-GPU graphics card …

Graphics Cards

Cortana has a role to play in Halo 5, actor says

<i>Halo 5: Guardians</i> has a part for Cortana to play, despite the events of <i>Halo 4</i>, Halo series actor Mike Colter told IGN.<p><b>Spoiler alert:</b> This article assumes readers have finished <i>Halo 4</i>'s campaign. If you haven't, this will spoil a major event for you.<p>The actor plays Agent Locke in the <i>Halo: Nightfall</i> …

Konami is working on and hiring for a new Metal Gear project

Konami is working on another Metal Gear game and hiring for the unannounced project, according to listings posted on the publisher's Japanese language website.<p>Those interested in working on the unnamed entry in the stealth-focused series should possess a "rich imagination," be able to generate …

BlueGuard combines a lock and a cam to patrol your door

The bluetooth enabled deadbolt includes a doorbell and a camera to make sure your front door is covered.<p>A smart lock, a smart doorbell and a smart camera rolled into one, BlueGuard wants to take care of everything you could need to keep your front door safe with a single device. From electronics …

New Overlord Teased

The Overlord series, published by UK-studio Codemasters, could be making a comeback.<p>Codemasters shared the image below today on Twitter, which many are taking as a hint for a third game in the action-adventure franchise.<p>The Overlord series, created by Triumph Studios, debuted in 2007. A sequel, …

20 best Android apps and games this week

Star Walk 2, Tinkerplay, Five Nights at Freddy’s 3, Stick Cricket 2, Swipes, Connect, Frozen Synapse Prime and more<p>The weekly Android apps roundup has been on hiatus since the end of 2014 in favour of a monthly collection, but there’ve been plenty of comments on related apps articles requesting a …

Apps

Quit a game of Mortal Kombat X and your head explodes

No-one likes a quitter, and players leaving Mortal Kombat X matches will now lose their heads … at least in the game.<p>Developer NetherRealm Studios has created an innovative “Quitality” system to help combat rage quitting in its upcoming fighting sequel, heading to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, …

F-35 Fighter Jets To Get Mysterious New 'Cyberpod' Cyberweapon

World’s deadliest podcast?<p>Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is, for better or worse, the future of American military airplanes. With Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps versions costing over $100 million each, the aircraft is a jack-of-some-trades designed to replace 10 older models now in …

Random for iOS Aims to Shake up the Way You View News

If you are constantly scouring the Web for interesting articles to read, this one’s for you. Random for iOS aims to change the way we discover content by injecting an element of surprise.<p>It works by giving you the option to explore topics that you wouldn’t usually read about. When you first launch …

This Retailer Is Already Accepting Nintendo NX Preorders

Nintendo made the surprise announcement this week of a new system, known internally as the "NX." Though official details on the platform are paper-thin, with no new information expected until 2016, one retailer has already opened up preorders for it.<p>That retailer is EB Games Australia. Writing on …

The Predator Joins Mortal Kombat X Character Roster

The Predator has been confirmed as the latest addition to Mortal Kombat X's vast character roster, according to an official listing on the Xbox Store.<p>While no official art or character details have been revealed, the listing shows that the Predator will be available first to those who buy premium …

Solar eclipse 2015: what you need to know

Parts of the world will witness a solar eclipse on Friday – a rare phenomenon in which the sun is completely obscured by the moon. Here’s everything you need to know about the background of the solar eclipse, where to view it and how.<p>A history of eclipses<p>Records show that the Babylonians and the …

Astronomy